Welcome to our Members
The Australian Championships, and the Australian Schools Championships are now only a little over four weeks away; the events program runs from Saturday 29th September to Sunday 7th October. As always, a number of our Bushies members will be travelling over to Renmark and Adelaide for part or all of the Carnival. The Bushflyers flag will be flying at every event, so if you are around, please make yourself comfortable whether you are preparing for and recovering from your event, or if you are part of our loyal spectating cohort.
Congratulations to the following Bushies students who have been selected in the ACT Schools team to participate in this year’s championships:
- Senior Boys: Patrick Miller, Tristan Miller, Noah Poland, Ryan Stocks
- Senior Girls: Ivy Prosser, Caitlin Young
- Junior Boys: Toby Lang, David Stocks, Joseph Wilson
- Junior Girls: Justine Hobson, Ellen Johnson, Natalie Miller, Zoe Terrill
It is wonderful that of the 20 ASOC team members, 13 are Bushflyers. And, by the way, all three of the Team Officials – Jane Barnett, Manager; David Poland – Coach; Tom de Jongh, Assistant Manager – are also all Bushflyers. If you are in SA, please do your best to get to the ASOC events to support our team. The ACT Schools team has a proud history of performing very well at these championships, which always make for exciting spectating. In particular, the Schools Relay has become one of the highlight ‘must-attend’ events of the whole carnival.
Why not join us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2nd- 4th October, for the Schools Sprint, Individual and Relay Championships, and support these very important events for our junior orienteers.
Bushies Uniforms and Children’s Shirt Library
- Updating our uniforms has been a rather slow process this year. However, we have received and distributed our first batch of new O-tops – they look great! I am now awaiting a second order of the O-tops and also of our new Bushflyers jackets.
- I have a small number of old-style and new tops at hand, if you would like to purchase them directly from me. They are as follows:
- O-top new-style (as above) Women’s L (x 1). Cost $55
- O-tops old style (Trimtex) – Women’s XS (x 3), Men’s XL (x 1) and Men’s XXL (x 1), and will cost you only $50. (Many of us are still currently wearing these)
- I also have two of our ‘aprés-O’ tops (a white t-shirt style), both Women’s 12. Cost $15
- One pair of three-quarter O-pants in Club colours, but no logo, Medium, $50
- Jo Hobson is taking over our Children’s O-shirt Library, which has been in abeyance for the past few months. To have this running successfully again, we need your help:
- If you have had shirts on loan from the Library that your child no longer fits or needs, please return these to Jo as soon as possible. (There will be a collection point at the next few events). Please be sure to indicate who has been using them, to help us manage our records.
- If you have a Library shirt on loan – and you would like to keep it for the rest of the season, or for your next child – please also let Jo know. Ensure that she knows the size of the top. This will help us develop an accurate inventory of our stock.
- If you have any Bushflyers children’s O-tops that you would like to pass on to other children to use, as a donation through the Library, these would also be much appreciated.
- Jo can be contacted by email at . We have families keen to borrow from the Library – let’s use this opportunity to re-stock it and have it functioning well again.
2018 – More events from Bushflyers
Since the May newsletter, we have continued to present a number of events.
- Ballinafad Creek, on Sunday June 24th was remarkable for the surprisingly good winter weather that we managed to enjoy. The course-setter was Ross Stewart, and the Organisers were Valerie Barker and Ari Piiroinen. I would particularly like to thank Ari, who stepped in at short notice to assist with control placement and then collection of controls in lieu of Ross who, having just returned from travelling in Europe, was also very unwell. It was a great area, and even the -5°C start to the morning did not deter the enthusiasts on the clear and sunny day.
- Picaree Hill, Sunday 26th August, provided a fresh look at a favourite map, in better weather conditions than we might have been expecting. Thank you to Chris Anderson and his team for his organisation, and to a former Bushflyer, Ella Cuthbert, for her courses. They certainly provided some challenges to experienced orienteers!
- Bushflyers have also organised a number of Saturday events:
- 26 May – Farrer Ridge. Organiser: Michael Mitchell; Course Planner: Hannu Mannering
- 23 June – Mt Ainslie North. Course Planner: Joseph Wilson
- 4 August – Remembrance Park. Organiser: Toni Brown; Course Planner: David Jenkins
At every one of these events, the Course Planner and Organiser have had a strong team of Bushflyers to assist. Thank you to you all for your willingness to contribute to the successful organisation of our events.
Thank you too, to Jesse Piiroinen, who is the face behind the computer at our Saturday events and at many of our classic events as well.
For Your Calendar
- Saturday 1st September: Final event, Saturday Metro series & ACT Schools’ Championships
- Sunday 16th September: ACT Long Distance Championships, Sandhills
- Saturday 29th September – Sunday 7th October: Australian National Championships and Australian Schools Championships, South Australia
- Sunday 25th November: OACT Annual Awards Dinner, Southern Cross Yacht Club
We shall be having an informal Swarm as well at Renmark, during the Aus. Champs carnival and probably on the first Saturday evening (29th). If you are in SA we hope that you can join us. We’ll let you know the details closer to the event.
OACT Contacts and Club Representatives.
The next Council meeting is this Thursday 30th August, at Wesley Uniting Church at 8pm. While we are well represented at the level of Board and Council, we remind you that all of you are invited to Council meetings. Please feel free to contact either Matt or Susanne if you have any ideas or thoughts you would like taken to these forums.
- Board Members: David Poland (President); Peter Miller (Treasurer); Valerie Barker, Anita Scherrer; Jo Hobson; Jane Barnett
- Council Members: Matt Stocks – , Susanne Harrysson –
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